Stony Brook, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - UAlbany is heading back to the NCAA Tournament for the second straight year as the America East champion and Stony Brook again came up just short in the title game.
The Great Danes closed the contest with a big run after leading scorer Sam Rowley fouled out with more than seven minutes to play and went on to claim a 69-60 victory on the Seawolves' home floor.
Rowley scored 18 points, but committed his fifth foul with 7:02 remaining and UAlbany responded with a 23-8 spurt to finish the contest. DJ Evans added 16 points and Peter Hooley chipped in 15, including a big 3-pointer in the closing minutes for the Great Danes (18-14), who will make their fourth trip to the NCAA Tournament -- all since 2006.
Carson Puriefoy scored 13 to lead Stony Brook (23-10), which has lost in the AEC championship game three times in the last four years.